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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Amrik (Rik Basra) Basra and his wife are born and bred in Leicester, Rik has Lukemia of the blood and has only weeks to live. All that’s required is a little bit of blood from a matching donor, that’s all! So please come to Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara - Leicester this Sunday between 11-5pm and give a small saliva sample. I can’t guarantee that you will get good luck, but you may SAVE A LIFE!

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Twitter: @Help4Rik_RT

Please watch the following video for further information:-

Event Details

Sunday 11th December


Sikh Community Centre

106 East Park Road



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can anyone do this? What if we live in Scotland, or Bradford?

Anyone can do it, you don't need to be there in Leicester, in the Guru Tegh Bhaudur Gurdwara sahib, there just doing a test too look for a match. Not 100% sure how it works.but I thinks it a bone marrow match that is needed, not sure how they find it i.e. saliva, blood etc. Just get in contact with anthony Nolan trust they will give you exact info of what you need to do. It is very quick and it is not very painful BUT IT MAY SAVE A LIFE.

Our community doesn't take part in these activities unless it affects them directly. As Sikhs we are to Das Vand, Vand Shako and Kirat Karoo. Well by helping like this fulfills all duties of a sikh and more.Sikhs esp. younger generation need to start getting invovlved in these things and even giving blood etc. It is a fact Asian's are build differently to Whites so the body requires slightly different things Im no doctor, BUT please help out when a fellow Sikh ask's, they will be forever indebted and there live will be saved not just theres but wife, kids, parents, siblings list is endless. If you can help PLEASE do. Check out http://www.anthonynolan.org/ Rab Rakha paaji Waheguru ji dee kirpa nall sab kuch teekh hornah.

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Sikh bone marrow donor event attracts 600 in Leicester

Leicester, UK: More than 600 potential bone marrow donors have provided saliva samples at an event in Leicester to help a police officer who has cancer.

The event was held at the Sikh gurdwara on East Park Road for Rik Basra, who was diagnosed two years ago with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Organisers said there had been a good response from the community.

The best match for Mr Basra, who needs a transplant, is likely to be an Asian male aged between 18 and 30. Only 4% of people from an Asian background are currently registered as potential donors.

Jenner Large, from the Anthony Nolan Trust, said the event had been very succesful and she was hopeful of holding more in other areas.

She urged people to register online at the Anthony Nolan Trust’s website.

She added that one of the reasons why people were reluctant to join the donor register was a lack of understanding about the process, which she said was no worse than giving blood.

Mr Basra’s wife Kas said she was delighted that the message about a shortfall of Asian donors was finally getting through to the local community.

Source: http://sikhsangat.org/sikh-bone-marrow-donor-event-attracts-600-in-leicester [originally reported by BBC]

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The best Christmas present ever for Inspector Rik Basra.

A seriously ill police officer has received one of the best Christmas presents ever.


Inspector Rik Basra has, for many months, been battling against acute myeloid leukaemia. His long term hope as been to identify a bone marrow donor. Today, Rik has received the news he has been longing to hear - that a matching bone marrow donor has been found.

Rik is now in hospital being prepared for the bone marrow transplant, which is hoped will take place in the next few days.

Rik's wife, Kas Basra said: "We cannot believe this miracle. We have all prayed and worked so hard for this moment and we can't believe it is now happening. Although Rik still has to undergo the transplant and has a long recovery ahead of him, he now has a chance of life and that is fantastic. This is the greatest Christmas present we could have ever wished for."

Over the past few months, many of Rik's family, friends and colleagues have undertaken a number of donor giving and awareness raising events to support Rik and many other people suffering from blood cancers. More than 750 people attended two donor sessions held at Leicester's Diwali celebrations and at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara on East Park Road. Many more people have registered on line following the awareness raising campaign.

Kas added: "I would like to personally thank everyone, including the charity Anthony Nolan, for the overwhelming support we have received throughout this anxious time. The biggest thanks must go to the consultants, doctors and nurses at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, who have and continue to care for Rik. Without their support, none of this would have been possible."

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